New head coach Kirby Smart looks to have all starters from last season ready to go and expects them to be improved. Everything appeared to be going Georgia’s way until they were beaten by Alabama, then lost Nick Chubb to a knee injury last season. Not only that, the quarterback position became ineffective the rest of the way and most likely cost Mark Richt his job. With major changes in the coaching staff and Smart’s influence from Nick Saban, we should hope that the new look Bulldogs will be poised to make a run at the SEC East title in their first year.
Chubb was on his way to having a Heisman year even after the beat down by eventual National Champion Alabama. It was the freak injury the week after against Tennessee that most likely doomed the season as he was on his way to 1,000 yards. Even the return of Soni Michel wasn’t enough to substitute for Chubb’s absence as those in the higher up department were reportedly calling for Richt’s head. Chubb was no doubt the man to replace Todd Gurley after he decided to leave early for the NFL Draft due to injuries and his suspension over paid autographs.
Greyson Lambert looked to be the man to lead the way since he transferred from Virginia. He proved to be effective even in the loss against Alabama, but it was the blowout and losing Chubb was what caused a major stir. Lambert was later replaced by punter Brice Ramsey and Faton Bauta, who is no longer with the team. He only threw for 200 yards or more in three games, but with new offensive coordinator Jim Chaney on board. If Chaney can use his philosophy on Chubb and Lambert, Georgia could surprise everyone in the SEC.
Lambert and Ramsey are most likely competing for the starting job as newly signed 5-star Jacob Eason will be the third stringer. Chubb and Michel are both expected to be healthy by Fall, while Chubb still has time to recuperate. It’s already been written down that if no one competes at the highest level, then they will be moved. Plain to see that Smart is taking no prisoners whatsoever.
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